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Education Is Key To Reducing Bear/Lion Human Encounters

Photos by EP NEWS/Kylie Romig & Kris Hazelton Video News clip by Gary Hazelton on our website

Photos by EP NEWS/Kylie Romig & Kris Hazelton Video News clip by Gary Hazelton on our website

Its time to be informed and reminded that it’s spring and the bears and mountain lions are becoming very active in many neighborhoods and rural areas. These photos were taken of a mama bear and her two cubs just off of Highway 7 on Tuesday morning.

The Rocky Mountain Cat Conservacy and DOW Bear Aware educational and response volunteers are available to help you when there are sightings, kill sites or animal tracks to identify.

An informed public is the most effective solution to most problems related to bears and lions. Proper interaction rules of behavior for animal encounters are:
• Do not approach any animal for any reason.
• Photograph from a distance
• Bring your pets in at night.
• Stay away from kill sites, they are very dangerous
• Trash, dog and cat food bowls, bird feeders should always be in a secure place and brought in at night.

You may call DOW Bear Aware volunteers or Cat Conservacy volunteers for track identification, to report sightings and kill sites, and/or for educational assistance.

Information is available on mountain lions at Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy website at www.catconservancy.org or you may call

Jayne Zmijewski at 970-586-9427
DOW Bear Aware Volunteers-   Kris & Gary Hazelton at 970-231-2635 or            Jim Boyd at 970-586-5700 ext. 6063 or
Jayne Zmijewski at 970-586-9427
In case of potentially dangerous situations, please call the Estes Park Police Dispatch number at 586-4000 who can contact a CDOW Wildlife Manager in the area.

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